Here are the most notorious stories about the ex—Today anchor. Later, Lauer told New York that tensions were running high: And it just seemed like something — there was nothing we could do as it was happening, and we all felt bad about it.
At worst, he orchestrated it: Her exit came in tandem with him re-upping his lucrative contract. Behind the scenes, two NBC News executives were jockeying for power.
Amid all this, Lauer was in conversations with ABC about doing a morning talk show with Couric, which he pulled out of at the last minute. From top to bottom, Burke, Lauer, Capus, and Bell had all agreed that Curry would be taken off the show, with Today rebuilt around Lauer.
To the contrary, in signing a new contract to remain at the show for at least two more years, he tacitly ratified the plan to remove her. When she appeared on Today to promote the film, Matt Lauer led the interview with that bit of non-news. Nice to see you. Seen a lot of you lately. They agreed to pay for his helicopter flights to the Hamptons and back, so he can spend more time with his family.
Roker, her longtime friend, was sent to comfort her. Williams reportedly refused to shoot a Today intro for his blockbuster Edward Snowden interview in Lauer eventually got the upper hand when the Today anchor scored Williams first interview following his suspension.
He joked that the image is now his screensaver which is just … ick. In , he said Tom Cruise was probably his most awkward interview, but talking to Bullock can make him nervous. Rumors of his Natalie Morales affair For years, rumors have been gestating about an affair with Natalie Morales, who joined Today in as a national correspondent.
His sexual-harassment spoof In , Lauer and Willie Geist teamed up for a fake workplace-harassment video. In the footage, Lauer recounts Geist slapping his butt for laughs.